NEW PODCAST: New Union Organising Models

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Brexit, Mediation and Negotiation

What can Brexit tell us about the respective merits of mediation and negotiation?  That’s what BBC Radio Scotland’s Stephen Jardine invited me and TCM’s David Liddle onto his show to discuss. I don’t think it will surprise anyone that from the perspective of either negotiation or mediation, the situation screams out “Don’t Do It this Way”.  A slow-motion car … Continue reading Brexit, Mediation and Negotiation

Employee Assistance Programmes – vital HR tool or incitement to lazy management?

I was happy to have worked with John Crowley of PeopleHR on this useful piece examining the ups and downs of Employee Assistance Programmes. The question in the title of this post is mine, not his! https://www.peoplehr.com/blog/2019/09/25/is-an-employee-assistance-programme-worthwhile/ https://www.peoplehr.com/blog/2019/09/25/is-an-employee-assistance-programme-worthwhile/

New Podcast: Can The Industrial Strategy Deliver?

Becky and I welcomed Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England to the last episode of the current Unions21 podcast series.  Andy spoke with us in his capacity as the chair of the Industrial Strategy Council– charged with holding the government to account over its delivery (or not) of the strategy’s objectives. We made clear … Continue reading New Podcast: Can The Industrial Strategy Deliver?

“Can Damon Silvers Save Organized Labor?”

So asked the Washington Post in 2013. So as the POTUS pays us a visit, we sat down with Damon Silvers, Director of Policy and Special Counsel at the AFL-CIO, America’s TUC to record a special Unions21 podcast.   That question is even more important today, as a hostile environment rages against organised labour in the US.  … Continue reading “Can Damon Silvers Save Organized Labor?”

Jess Phillips MP on Women and Work

We talk women an work, childcare (why describing it as low-skill is so wide of the mark) why it’s good to laugh (“gags are supposed to be funny, that’s the point”), and why we shouldn’t be grateful when we win.